January 11, 2007

Chipless RFID Ink for your cattle or for you?

Another very bad "innovation". I tell you, we are on the way to being marked.

Somark Innovations said Tuesday that it successfully tested its biocompatible chipless RFID ink in cattle and laboratory rats.

The company said in a release that the test proved the effectiveness of injecting and reading a biocompatible chipless RFID (radio frequency identification) ink "tattoo" within the skin of animals. RFID "tags" can be used to identify an object or being using radio waves.

Somark said the technology initially will be marketed to the livestock industry to help identify and track cattle, and mitigate export trade loss from Mad Cow Disease concerns.

The company, which is currently raising a Series A equity financing, said it plans to license the technology to secondary target markets such as laboratory animals, dogs, cats, prime cuts of meat, and military personnel.

Somark Chief Scientist Ramos Mays said in a statement, "This proves the ability to create a synthetic biometric or fake fingerprint with Biocompatible Chipless RFID Ink and read it through hair."

The company also said it recently formed a five-member Advisory Board comprised of: Mark Prausnitz, a professor of chemical & biomedical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and a director of the Center for Drug Design, Development and Delivery; Darrell Bengfort and Bill Lazechko, electrical engineers and founders of TelGaAs Inc.; John Ross, an electrical engineer and founder and vice president of research and development at Viamorph Inc.; and Bob Van Schoick, retired executive director of marketing and corporate accounts at Merial.

Additionally, Somark announced that it retained intellectual property counsel firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati of Palo Alto, Calif.

Somark Innovations is a technology company located at the Center for Emerging Technologies in St. Louis.

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